From the celebrity guests to the adorable post-wedding kiss, Declan Donnelly’s big day was very special
Declan Donnelly is officially a married man after tying the knot with his agent Ali Astall yesterday.
The 39-year-old presenter – who has been engaged to Ali since November – couldn’t hide his joy following the service in his home city of Newcastle and the couple were all smiles when they stepped out as man and wife.
Here’s everything you need to know about Dec’s big day…
Dec kept things traditional by marrying Ali at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Elswick. The venue was very sentimental for the TV star – not only is it near where he grew up but it’s also where his much-loved dad Alphonsos’ funeral was held in 2011.
Given that he’s been in showbiz since finding fame in Byker Grove as a child, Dec’s wedding was always going to be a star-studded affair. Amongst the celebrity guests were Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton and Ashley Roberts as well as famous couples Tess Daly and Vernon Kay and Rochelle and Marvin Humes. Oh, and Dec’s best man was Ant McPartlin, OBVS.
Ant and Dec love a good laugh so we weren’t surprised when Dec joked about his upcoming nuptials on Twitter ahead of the ceremony…
He also shared a snap of Ant, 39, driving him to the church and cheekily wrote:
Oh, you two!
Whilst Dec wore a cheerful Tom Baker blue suit (which matched Ant’s – awww!), all eyes were on Ali’s dress when she arrived in a silver Rolls Royce. The agent chose a stunning ivory A-line gown with a small train by Phillipa Lesley, who also designed Geri Halliwell’s wedding dress for her nuptials to Christian Horner in May.
There was a real family feel to the service. The ceremony was conducted by Dec’s brother Father Dermott Donnelly, the Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, and his other brothers Martin and Eamonn acted as ushers.
Crowds waiting outside the church were thrilled when Dec and Ali appeared on the steps as man and wife after the wedding and both looked absolutely thrilled. The cutest moment came when the newlyweds shared a kiss for the cameras – so sweet!
Here at Now we send our congratulations and best wishes to Dec and Ali as their married life gets underway.